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  • ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 Is Now Available On The App Store

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is now available for download on the App Store. As a follow-up to our 6.3 release, this minor update focuses on performance improvements and a few bug squashes for a better app experience. ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.
  • NAS 3D CAD model library now available

    AIA dailyLead®
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    AIA is now offering 3D CAD models of the most frequently used National Aerospace Standards (NAS) parts.  -More- Strategic Relationship Manager, Industry Partnerships (Tier II) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AOPA Pilot Gear Store touts back-to-school special

    Aviation eBrief
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Just in time for back to school! Spend $30 or more and receive a free backpack with codes, 7083, 7084, or 7085.  -More- 
  • GAMA Names Archer Director of Engineering/Airworthiness

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association named Jonathan Archer director of engineering and airworthiness. Archer brings 24 years of aviation industry experience to his new role, formerly serving as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided support to both the FAA and Joint Planning and Development Office. There he helped facilitate a pilot study involving safety management systems for FAR Part 21 design and manufacturing organizations as well as on NextGen air traffic management initiatives. read more
  • Take me out to the airport

    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points
    Alyssa Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    There’s nothing like a family fun day out. When it happens to be at an airport, even better—especially if the airport offers something for everyone in the family. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to fly AOPA’s 152Reimagined to the Tazewell County Airport Fly-In in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, to talk to members and help introduce children to aviation. The airport, situated on a ridge top, buzzed with activity—bounce houses for children, food vendors, a covered picnic area, live bands, booths from the local sheriff’s office and AOPA, helicopter rides, and demonstrations by a Just…
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    ForeFlight

  • ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 Is Now Available On The App Store

    ForeFlight
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is now available for download on the App Store. As a follow-up to our 6.3 release, this minor update focuses on performance improvements and a few bug squashes for a better app experience. ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.
  • Bulletin: August 21 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Data updates are now available to download for the August 21, 2014 – September 18, 2014 period: Airport and Navigation Database. ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, with a total of more than 1,000 diagrams on August 21. North American Obstacles. VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts. Data updates are also available for our Military Flight Bag customers: Global airport, navigation, and airway coverage from the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures. Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams. AFR High Enroutes, Area Charts EEA High…
  • ForeFlight Lands in Portland, Maine

    ForeFlight
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hello, Portland! We are pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Portland, Maine. Between the world-renowned seafood, active arts and cultural community, tech-friendly environment, and home to current ForeFlight engineers, Portland is a great place for a technology company to have a presence. With support from the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Casco Bay Tech Hub, Portland is emerging as an up and coming ‘under the radar’ technology hub. We are looking for iOS OpenGL and GIS professionals interested in building innovative mapping and…
  • Track Log, Weight & Balance Now Available in ForeFlight Mobile 6.3

    ForeFlight
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3 is now available for download on the App Store. Track Log With ForeFlight Mobile 6.3 we introduce Track Log, a cloud-enabled flight recorder that allows you to record and share your flight track and altitude data right from the ForeFlight Mobile app. Track Log is a great way to share your flying with friends and family, as well as a helpful tool for instructors and students to debrief flight lessons. ForeFlight Mobile Track Log shown on Google Earth. Record ForeFlight Mobile’s Track Log will record flight track information using any compatible GPS device,…
  • EAA ForeFlight Scholarship Winners Announced

    ForeFlight
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    We had an overwhelming response to our two flight training scholarships with over 150 applicants! Thank you to everyone who participated. It was inspiring to hear from so many ambitious people who are eager to earn their wings. We are pleased to present the two finalists who will go on to pursue their flight training with a little help from ForeFlight. Here’s a brief snapshot of Jacob and Megan: Megan Kerstein At age fifteen Megan discovered her home in the sky when she flew with an instructor for the first time. Following that experience, Megan participated in the Southern Illinois…
 
 
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  • GAMA Names Archer Director of Engineering/Airworthiness

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association named Jonathan Archer director of engineering and airworthiness. Archer brings 24 years of aviation industry experience to his new role, formerly serving as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided support to both the FAA and Joint Planning and Development Office. There he helped facilitate a pilot study involving safety management systems for FAR Part 21 design and manufacturing organizations as well as on NextGen air traffic management initiatives. read more
  • Pilatus PC-24 Rolls

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
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  • FAA Moves Toward International Review of Helicopter Standards

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The FAA is taking the next step toward a rewrite of FAR Part 27 and Part 29 standards, planning to establish an international “forum” to look at possible changes to the standards for helicopters. The agency in February 2013 solicited comments on potential interest for realigning the standards, including whether the weight- and passenger-based thresholds should be re-evaluated. Part 27 is currently restricted to helicopters with a maximum weight of 7,000 lb. or nine or fewer passenger seats. read more
  • Big PC-12 Order

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
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  • Nextant’s G90XT Starts to Come Together

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Take me out to the airport

    Alyssa Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    There’s nothing like a family fun day out. When it happens to be at an airport, even better—especially if the airport offers something for everyone in the family. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to fly AOPA’s 152Reimagined to the Tazewell County Airport Fly-In in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, to talk to members and help introduce children to aviation. The airport, situated on a ridge top, buzzed with activity—bounce houses for children, food vendors, a covered picnic area, live bands, booths from the local sheriff’s office and AOPA, helicopter rides, and demonstrations by a Just…
  • Thanks, Annabelle

    Alyssa Miller
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Growing up in aviation, I hadn’t met very many female pilots, let alone a woman who had blazed the trail, making it easier for me to enter the field. Attendees at Annabelle Fera’s retirement party express their appreciation for her dedication to aviation as a designated pilot examiner. Photo by Woody Cahall. When I moved to Frederick, Maryland, to work at AOPA, I started hearing about Annabelle, a local legend. She was always referred to simply as Annabelle—no last name was needed, everyone knew who you were talking about. She was the designated pilot examiner on the field, and it…
  • Oshkosh and pilots take care of their own

    Jill Tallman
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Kate (left) and Judy at the Women in Aviation Connect breakfast at AirVenture 2014. For many of us, heading to Oshkosh, Wis., in July is a yearly ritual. It certainly is for Judy Birchler of Indianapolis, Ind. Judy and her niece Kate departed Indiana Sunday in Judy’s Rans, looking forward to a week of fun at EAA AirVenture. The trip went great until Judy realized that she had left her wallet at her first fuel stop–White County Airport in Monticello, Ind. She didn’t discover the missing wallet until they stopped at East Troy in Wisconsin for more fuel. No wallet–no…
  • Last stop: Nagoya and Kyoto

    Tom Horne
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    It was an easy two-hour trip from Taipei to Jeju, South Korea, and the day spent at Jeju gave the touring group of pilots a chance to see a volcanic caldera and check out the Shilla Hotel’s private beach. I’d never heard of the place before, but Jeju is a big tourist destination and has a huge modern airport to prove it. But this trip is all about the flying so today we flew from Jeju to Nagoya, Japan. Jeju was hot and foggy at the surface for today’s departure but we picked up 50-knot tailwinds at the Mustang’s cruising altitude of 33,000 feet. Groundspeeds hit…
  • True fact about ‘True Lies’

    Mike Collins
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Remember the action comedy True Lies, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger famously hops into a Harrier, bounces off a couple of police cars, balances his daughter on the jump- jet’s nose, and dispatches a terrorist who was dangling from an attached Sidewinder missile? Nothing true about that scene. But it is true that the movie turned 20 years old yesterday. And it’s also true that some of the flying scenes in that movie involved actual Harrier jets. Three Marine Corps AV-8Bs were rented for the filming; the producers reportedly paid an hourly rate of $2,410 for more than 40 flight…
 
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  • Trouble with Taxi

    Jeff LeFebvre
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I searched for responses on this site and didn’t see anything so I must be in the minority… I’m a student pilot and struggling with taxiing in a straight line… I’m zig-zagging all over the place any time I go faster than a “crawl”…and for some reason when stressed I think the right rudder pedal will take me left – and vice versa…(must be from my early days riding my big-wheel in the driveway…).  This is going to present problems for me on takeoff and landing.. How in the world do I train myself to stabilize my taxi operations? Thanks,…
  • KCRQ: ILS or LOC/DME RWY 24 – Visual Descent Point/Missed Approach Point

    John A Randall IV
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    CHART: http://155.178.201.160/d-tpp/1408/05310ILD24.PDF Where would be the Missed Approach Point for the Non-Precision Approach into KCRQ RWY 24? The confusion stems from whether it would be at the VDP (I-CRQ 2.7DME) (since “typically this is a point on the final approach course of a non-precision approach, from which the aircraft would be able to continue its descent from the MDA to the runway threshold”) – BUT one could always do a CIRCLING Approach. Therefore possibly could be the Runway Threshold (I-CRQ 0.9DME) – but the Profile View depicts the dashed missed line…
  • VOR OTS

    Oren
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Hello, Is it legal to file an IFR flight plan using an airway in which one of the VORs is out of service but the the airplane is equipped with GPS? Thank you, Oren.  
  • FAR/ AIM

    Dan Chitty
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What is the legal effective begin date and end date for the FAR/AIM? EXAMPLE:  The FAR/ AIM I have (ASA reprint version) cover is 2014 edition. The inside cover says “contains current regulations as of July 25, 2013″. I was expecting to also see an end date to signify when the 2014 version ends but is not found of which would logically signify when the 2015 FAR/ AIM language is effective. I also see the 2015 FAR/ AIM is available for purchase. But on which date do the contents of the 2015 edition become effective?   Thanks for the feedback.    
  • Challenging approach plate for me – KMSO

    tommytom
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Ok looking for some help on these challenging approach plates.  I’m not used to seeing these kinds of approaches where I’m from.  Lot’s of questions in this post. KSMO - http://airnav.com/airport/KSMO What is an RNP approach? Maybe the aircraft I fly equipped with non wass garmin 430 – G1000 are not equipped to fly RNP approaches.  If that is the case then don’t bother answering questions regarding those approach plates.  I then only question RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 11. RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 11 – I think I understand what the # and % means.   # – Missed…
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  • Up the Down Staircase

    John Ewing
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    "Mooselips Approach, Cessna 12345, 3000 feet, request practice ILS 30 at Bison, published missed, information tango.""Cessna 12345, Mooselips Approach, Bison altimeter 3002, unable ILS 30, runway 12 in use at Bison, did you have another approach request?" If you haven't yet had an exchange like the one, it's likely that you soon will because the FAA has decided that opposite direction approaches into towered airports are no longer allowed. To the uninitiated, practice approaches to a runway when there's opposite direction traffic may seem inherently dangerous, but it is something that's…
  • You're a Professional CFI if ...

    John Ewing
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    You have memorized most of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations without ever intending to do so.When asked a question, you can provide three different answers, all of which are correct.Pilots seek you out to ask your advice, then they ignore it.You can send a plane into maintenance simply by touching it.A dog groomer earns more per hour than you.You know seven different ways to explain a complex topic.When your student finally gets what you've been trying to tell them, they say "Why didn't you tell me this before?!"A dog walker earns more per hour that you.You spent your entire last…
  • Staying Concise, Staying Solvent

    John Ewing
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Flight instruction has been a bit SLOw for me over the last month, but the good news is that gave me time to get to some neglected writing projects. Loyal readers may recall that when I released my first iBook a little over two years ago, I mentioned plans to do a whole concise series. So after several long days, and with some help from my friends (who proofread and helped to smooth the rough edges), The Concise Guide to the Diamond DA40-180 is now available on the iBooks store. And kudos to the Apple iBooks review team, who examined and approved my submission in a matter of…
  • No news is ...

    John Ewing
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    Greeting from the California Central Coast!The dust is beginning to settle from our recent move and rumor has it I'll begin instructing at the San Luis Obispo Airport later today. Any airplane flies the same way regardless of your location, but the environment is different here. A fairly busy Class D airport as opposed to Oakland's Class C and already I miss the rapid pace (if not downright surly) interactions with NorCal.With a bit of down time there was a chance to finish the fifth edition of The Concise Guide to IFR, which is available now on the iBooks store. It incorporates recent FAA…
  • May 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    25 May 2014 | 10:37 am
    Expect fewer than average posts over the next few weeks as I prepare to move to the CA central coast. For now, here are some recent photos ...Departing UkiahMt. Diablo at SunsetFlying the Eastern SierraEn route San DiegoHeading SouthHold at KACBYLee ViningMono LakeApproaching Mono LakeNear Lake MendocinoOver US 395Eastern Sierra TurbulenceOver Truckee Carson City
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Paper or Plastic?

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So we're about to evaluate the electronic cockpit. That is have all the charts on an iPad. Eliminate the two boxes of maps in the cockpit, the express ordering of charts for regions we suddenly have to venture, the hunt for a vendor that has the new VTA in stock, and possibly the chore of checking the charts periodically to see if a new one has come out. (Canadian VFR charts do not have a predetermined expiry date: there is a website that lists the probable release date of updated versions, but that list is a bit like the to do list that indicates when I will clean my kitchen or get my hair…
  • Tell Me Something I Need to Know

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When I was a student pilot I bought a trifold kneeboard. It consisted of a small metal clipboard inside a sturdy nylon array of pockets that could open out to cover slightly more than my lap, with a velcro strap to hold it on my leg. We almost all bought that thing. I know there were a few hardy students that made do with ordinary clipboards, or who made their own, but in general we thought this piece of technology would increase our ability to juggle map and nav log, pens and E6B, so we paid the money and strapped it on our knee. I never quite figured out what to do with the black nylon…
  • Guilty Little Pleasure

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love conspiracy theories. I love the idea that the facts as presented could be explained in a way that fits the just as well as the accepted explanation, especially when it conveniently explains some other facts that are conventionally held to be unrelated, but mysterious. So for me "we didn't actually land on the moon: they faked it in a studio" doesn't qualify as fun, because "I don't understand physics well enough to understand how space travel works" isn't a fact that I need explained. But some things do need explaining. We complain when a movie or a book leaves loose ends, and we…
  • Mysteries of the Universe

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My report time this morning was 5:20 am. I got to work at 5:15. Take off eventually happened at 9:29. Most of that delay was weather. But while we were waiting for the weather other excitement occurred. Mystery One occurred when we couldn't find the keys to the nose baggage door, but didn't allow that to cause a delay, just stole a set from maintenance. They weren't in yet, and it's not really theft if you send e-mail to say you've done it.. I also couldn't find a funnel, to add oil, but that's not a mystery. People keep throwing out my funnels because i make them out of old oil bottles.
  • We Just Don't Always Use It

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A fueller once told me that he loved watching me take off because the shallow climb angle is different from the way the other aircraft at that airport behave. He thinks it looks cool. Interesting. Almost all the traffic there besides me are training aircraft, light singles flown by students. Having worked as a flight instructor, I know that such aircraft are also usually close to max weight with an instructor on board. Students tend to rotate late and lift the nose wheel higher, thinking they are pulling the airplane off the runway with their own strength. The manufacturers recommend climbing…
 
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  • Indy Transponder 22-AUG-2014 1000z

    XPDR
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Most kids are back in school now. Have you attended an air show this year?  You might find one close to you, HERE, thanks to our friends at Fencecheck.The Blue Angels: The United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron - Hometown Focus | The Blue Angels are performing at the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo 2014 August 23 – 24. Other scheduled performers include the USAF Heritage Flight, a USCG SAR Demonstration, a USAF F-22 “Raptor” Demo, the USN Leap Frogs, the Liberty Jump Team and C-47 Normandy Tribute, the DAV Flight Team B-25 Show Me, and more. For schedule information, visit…
  • Commemorative Air Force Announces World War II Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport

    XPDR
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    (Dallas, August 18, 2014) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is bringing “hands on” history to Dallas this October 3 through 5 when the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the famous P-51C Tuskegee Airmen and over a dozen other World War II military aircraft take center stage at their first event at Dallas Executive Airport.The event will be open to the public Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 bringing the sights, smells and sounds of World War II aviation history to south Dallas. Attractions will include the CAF’s Rise Above traveling educational exhibit – a 160…
  • Indy Transponder 18-AUG-2014 2300z

    XPDR
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    RED BULL AIR RACE: Brits storm to double victory at Ascot · UK Airshow News - Flightline UK | ASCOT (United Kingdom) Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, sending a sell-out home crowd of 29,000 spectators into a frenzy with thrilling performances in challenging windy conditions. Stunning Blue Angels Photo Over Chicago During Air And Water Show * CBS Local | CHICAGO (CBS) — Every August when the Air and Water Show comes to town, we are treated to many amazing photos of fighter jets in flight. Of all the…
  • Indy Transponder 18-AUG-2014 0300z

    XPDR
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Brilliant Bonhomme is first past the post at Ascot - Red Bull (International) | Britain's defending Red Bull Air Race world champion Paul Bonhomme landed an epic home win at round five of the 2014 series at England's historic Ascot Racecourse....Wounded Times: Navy Blue Angels Cover Chicago Sky CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands crowded Chicago’s lakefront as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels made their return to the Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding reports Fullerton Beach was filled with a diverse group and there were many from overseas experiencing their very first…
  • Indy Transponder 14-AUG-2014 1630z

    XPDR
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Thunderbirds wow the crowd at the Atlantic City Airshow * The Star-Ledger | For one day Atlantic City forgot about casino closings and looked to the sky. A huge crowd lined the beach and boardwalk area for the Atlantic City Airshow. A flotilla of pleasure boats also watched the show from the ocean. The nearly four hour show...Check Out the Highlights From The Atlantic City Airshow [VIDEO] By Tom Morgan Wings over Halls air show is this weekend * Jackson Sun | She got involved with the air show four years ago after she retired and started volunteering at the museum. The Veterans' Museum is…
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  • Is It Possible To Save Money In Sin City?

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
        What do you think of when you hear the words: Las Vegas? Probably glitz, glam, and plenty of cash. You’re not alone. Most of us consider Vegas to be an expensive and over the top vacation spot. There are all of those luxury hotels, pricey show tickets, and of course, the casinos to consider. Don’t give up hope just yet. It is possible to save money – and still have a wild time in Sin City. These thrifty ideas will give you the vacation you’ve been dreaming of…. without totally emptying your bank account.   Save On Flights and Accommodations Las Vegas isn’t just…
  • What To Do In Kuala Lumpur This Vacation Season

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the most visited destinations in all of Southeast Asia. It boasts of man-made wonders and natural treasures that you’ll definitely love. Simply put, from the moment you arrive in this one of a kind city, you’ll never experience a dull moment. So book your flights to Kuala Lumpur that are available on affordable rates and get ready for fun-filled adventure that you’ll never forget. Among the activities that you can enjoy while there are as follows: Visit the Petronas Twin Towers One of the tallest twin towers in the world (452 metres), the Petronas Twin…
  • Sights to See in Ekaterinburg

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Trans-Siberian Railways Tours and Holidays should definitely include a sightseeing trip to the fascinating city of Ekaterinburg, Russia’s third largest city. It’s a stunning city, abundant in fascinating things to see from museums and theatres to cultural delights galore. To top it off, locals are friendly, open, and have retained a wonderful sense of tradition. Historical Square Historical Square is one of the most important sites in Ekaterinburg when it comes to heritage. It’s not the prettiest sight by any means, being set along the Iset River banks – a polluted creek amidst a…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Brazil

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    Not only is Brazil the fifth largest country in the world, this summer Brazil takes center stage as host to the 2014 World Cup. Fans and tourists from all continents will be witnessing Brazilian sights and sounds as they have never been experienced before. There is just so much to learn; the following eight points of interest include a glimpse of everything you need to know about Brazil! One – The FIFA World Cup: The 2014 FIFA World Cup features tournaments in twelve separate cities, where guests can see pros like Lionel Messi, and enjoy everything from football matches to a variety of…
  • Attractions: When to Splurge and When to Save

    admin
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is nothing quite as exciting as going on vacation. It gives you the change of pace that you’ve been dreaming of! With so many fun and exciting things to experience, it is tempting to try and do all of them. Even though it may be temping…. you don’t actually have to. When it comes to attractions, it is important to ask yourself: when should you splurge and when should you save? Start By Making a List Not all attractions are amazing – or even fun for that matter. However, they all seem to charge an awful lot for the admission. That is why you will need to make a list of all the…
 
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 312 – Managing a Privately Owned Airport

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Running a privately owned/public use general aviation airport, flight instruction, FAA position on GA ride sharing, biometric technology at the airport, an airline passenger survey, the C-130, Exercise Black Pitch, and a HondaJet interview. Guests Shelly DeZevallos from West Houston Airport tells about running a general aviation airport. She grew up around the small, gravel strip airport where her father worked as a flight instructor. He bought the airport in the 1970’s, and now West Houston Airport is the family’s privately owned/public use airport with a dual taxiway, a 4000 foot…
  • AirplaneGeeks 311 – Travel Skills

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    This Episode: A great new resource for business travelers, an FAA hangar policy change, the airliner manufacturing ramp-up, an MH370 update, the Griffon Lionheart, and some space news. Guest Chris McGinnis has had a long career in travel journalism, appearing on television and writing online. He recently created the Travel Skills blog, part of Boarding Area network, with news, information, tips, advice, and trip reports. Chris also co-hosts the #travelskills chat on Twitter with travel guru Johnny Jet every Friday morning at 9:00am Pacific Time (noon Eastern). There you’ll find topics…
  • AirplaneGeeks 310 – Max, Max, and David

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Boeing’s ab initio pilot program, the airline industry sues the TSA over security fees, the Pilatus PC-12, an interview with AOPA President Mark Baker, and listener feedback. The News Boeing Announces Ab Initio Pilot Program … except it doesn’t work in the U.S. Boeing announced a new airline pilot training program where graduates will be qualified to go directly into the right seat of airliners. But not in the U.S. which now requires more flight hours. The first part of the program (from Boeing subsidiary Jeppeson) includes 12-18 months of flight training, giving an Airline Transport…
  • AirplaneGeeks 309 – Airways News

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Airchive.com and Airways Magazine working together, airline citations over passenger rights, airline safety, and announcements from AirVenture Oshkosh. Guest Guest Chris Sloan is the founder of Airchive.com and president and founder of 2C Media, a television production and promotion company. Previously, Chris held senior level executive positions with NBC, TLC, and USA Networks. Chris produced “International Airport 24/7: Miami” on the Travel Channel, and oversaw the TLC documentary on the building of the Airbus A-380 featuring John Travolta. We talk about changes at Airchive.com…
  • AirplaneGeeks 308 – AirVenture Oshkosh Preview with Jack Pelton

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014 preview, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the Farnborough International Airshow. Guest Guest Jack Pelton is Chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association (the EAA). He’s the retired chairman, president, and chief executive officer for Cessna Aircraft Company. Jack was Sr. Vice President of Engineering for Dornier Aircraft in Munich, and he started his career at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach CA. Also, he was a member of the board and past chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and served on the board of directors of the…
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  • Dreams Take Flight at Chicago Air and Water Show

    tmacrock
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The Chicago Air & Water Show is back for another year and better than before. In 2013 the annual airshow, the largest free airshow in the country, was missing the fire power of the military acts as a result of...
  • Blue Angels Headline 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show

    tmacrock
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    The 2014 Chicago Air & Water Show roars back to life this week. The 56th Chicago Air & Water Show will feature the return of military acts that missed last year's show due to sequestration. Crowd favorites the U.S. Navy...
  • Pilotage in a Digital Age

    tmacrock
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When was the last time you were lost in a General Aviation aircraft? The thought of it is quite frightening. However, not too long ago it was not that uncommon to be "lost" or as I would prefer to say...
  • Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Review

    tmacrock
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    As a pilot and father to twin four year old's the opening weekend of Planes: Fire & Rescue, the second movie in the Planes Trilogy, was a day we have been looking forward to for some time to come. A...
  • Flight Training At Its Best: Al Waterloo

    tmacrock
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    It seems every aviation site and magazine continues to discuss how Flight Training is broken. Travis Ammon of Simple Flight wrote an interesting post, "Lets Quit the Blame Game" earlier this year about how the industry needs to stop focusing...
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    Greteman Group » News & Views

  • Wichita Eagle; Out of the Office

    Greteman Group
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Rolland Vincent of Rolland Vincent Associates talks with Deanna Harms of Greteman Group at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon on Tuesday. Photo by Molly McMillin © Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Wichita Business Journal; 40 Under 40 Event

    Greteman Group
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Wichita Business Journal brought big changes to the 17th annual 40 Under 40 awards, held July 31 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Four previous honorees made up the inagural class of the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame: Sonia Greteman, George Laham, Mike Pompeo and John Tomblin. Honoree Karen Countryman-Roswurm was chosen to be...
  • Wichita Business Journal; People on the Move, Moving Up

    Greteman Group
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Sarah Goertz Digital Director, Greteman Group What was your last position? Digital marketing and social media manager at Beechcraft and Textron Aviation. What is your hometown? I moved to Derby from the Texas panhandle at age 12. Education? I earned a bachelors of science in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University and an associates of...
  • Wichita Business Journal; 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

    Greteman Group
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Sonia Greteman Greteman Group Who were your mentors and what did you learn from them? My life has been populated by people who have believed in and supported me. They helped me realize my odd combination of creative moxie and business acumen. Judy Greteman – My mother has enjoyed a 75-year love affair with books,...
  • Social Media: Fight or Flight

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Your heart races and breath quickens. Your pupils dilate and face flushes. You’re under attack. In that split second, you decide whether to stand your ground or flee the scene. Oh, and I ought to mention, you face this scenario gazing at Twitter on your phone. Someone’s dissing your company. Questioning your services. Impugning your...
 
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    Around the Pattern

  • A Weekend Flight to Washington

    Tracy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As most of you already know, AOPA has changed to a series of Regional Convertions/Fly-ins this year rather than one large event. Their thinking is that they will reach more people by going to them instead of requiring them to travel to AOPA. This month the regional event was in Spokane, WA, at Felts Field. […] The post A Weekend Flight to Washington appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Nice Day of Flying

    Tracy
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    My last update was in mid-June. I have flown a couple of times since then, but it has been a sparse summer. Time(Life) seems to get away from you sometimes. The weather up here in Reno this summer has been a bit on the warm side and we seem to be in an unusual string […] The post A Nice Day of Flying appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • An Aviation Weekend

    Tracy
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Saturday I attended a ‘hangar-warming’ at the Dayton, NV airport, an airport community just to the east of Carson City. New Carson City EAA Chapter (EAA403.org) members Paul & Louise Dye recently had a home and hangar built there and were gracious enough to invite the chapter to their get-together. Paul worked for NASA at […] The post An Aviation Weekend appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Past Time for an Update

    Tracy
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    I knew it had been a while since I last wrote and article, but a had no idea it had been almost a month four months. Ugly. Ok, what has happened since the last update?  Bear with me, as you get older just recalling what you had for breakfast yesterday can be a test of […] The post Past Time for an Update appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Stretch of Bad Weather

    Tracy
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:02 am
    I haven’t had the plane out of the hanger for almost two weeks now and it looks like the non-flying stretch is going to last a bit longer.  Last weekend our winter finally came back. There was a little precipitation but, more relevant to an aircraft without a heater,  the temperatures dropped about 20 degrees […] The post A Stretch of Bad Weather appeared first on Around the Pattern.
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    Defense-Update

  • Videos for 2014-08-20

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israel's largest defense technologies display at Eurosatory '14 Israel's largest defense technologies display at Eurosatory '14 "The majority of Israel’s exportable land warfare capabilities were presented at Eurosatory this year" Itamar Graff, principal deputy director of SIBAT, Israel's defense export directorate. http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dkZ - "Sibat created the largest ever exhibit at an international defense expo this year" Itamar Graff told Defense-Update. "The national Israeli pavilion we organised at Eurosatory hosted 30 companies, additional…
  • Videos for 2014-08-19

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israel's largest defense technologies display at Eurosatory '14 Israel's largest defense technologies display at Eurosatory '14 "The majority of Israel’s exportable land warfare capabilities were presented at Eurosatory this year" Itamar Graff, principal deputy director of SIBAT, Israel's defense export directorate. http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dkZ - "Sibat created the largest ever exhibit at an international defense expo this year" Itamar Graff told Defense-Update. "The national Israeli pavilion we organised at Eurosatory hosted 30 companies, additional…
  • Special review: Israel’s largest defense technology display at Eurosatory 2014

    News Desk
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Israel's participation at the Eurosatory defense exhibition this year was the largest ever. This review covers many of the highlights displayed at the Israel national pavilion organized by SIBAT, Israel's defense export directorate.               Related StoriesEurosatory 2014 – First ImpressionsHovermast – a bird’s eye view over the hillInnovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in HawaiiThe military needs better technologies for subterranean operationsEurosatory 2014…
  • Videos for 2014-08-18

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    SKATE SUAS SKATE SUAS http://wp.me/s3cRXG-skate | Skate's unique capability to autonomously manoeuvre and navigate in urban or crowded environments enables this lightweight air vehicle to deliver long endurance on quiet electric power, and provide autonomous operation. By using tilt-motors Skate merges the simplicity and endurance of a fixed wing platform with the manoeuvrability and mission flexibility of a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) asset. Independently articulating motor pods allow the Skate UAS to rapidly transition between vertical and horizontal flight. Transferring from…
  • A miniature drone made of styrofoam help protects airbases in Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The US Air Force has been testing the Skate, a small, miniature drone made of styrofoam that has demonstrated the ability to autonomously and quietly conduct surveillance missions in urban areas, or in areas with dense obstacles, providing constant monitoring and surveillance for security and force protection               Related StoriesBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryOperating robots undergroundUS Navy to test powerful mobile lasers against dronesUpdate: FAA lifts flight restriction…
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    Latest air travel news

  • WhichAirline steps beyond meta search and into direct booking

    WhichAirline.com
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    We have some exciting news for you! We decided to make huge changes on our website. Many of you have already noticed we did a big redesign but that's not all – accompanying that we also present new business model: while before, we were a meta search engine only and shuttled all of you to airline’s website or online travel agencies when it came to booking your flights, now you can book some of the flights without leaving the website.
  • Major low cost airlines are more expensive in 2014

    WhichAirline.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    Our latest research shows that the major European low cost airlines – Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet – have increased their prices by €10 on average comparing to 2013. The most significant change can be seen on easyJet which raised the fares by almost 20%.
  • Battle of the low-cost airlines: Ryanair, AirAsia or tigerair? None of them in 2014!

    WhichAirline.com
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We all know that Ryanair is the cheapest in Europe, right? Well, not quite. Ryanair is famous for their hidden fees, and our recent research shows that they make a big impact on the final cost.
  • easyJet: baggage allowance in 2014

    WhichAirline.com
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Travelling with low-cost easyJet soon? Not sure what you can take with you for free? Are there any fees for cabin bag? Read on and get the latest information on easyJet's baggage allowance.
  • Flying to ski resorts with 20 low cost airlines - INFOGRAPHIC

    WhichAirline.com
    11 Feb 2014 | 4:08 am
    Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are now in full spring. Have the winners inspired you to hit the piste? You may be surprised but transferring your skis and boots may cost you quite a lot.
 
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    WarbirdRadio.com » Podcast Feed

  • They’re Back! – The Hartman & Heinz Show – Oshkosh 2014

    Staff Writer
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – Andy Heinz and Mike Hartman are back with an all new show.  Tune in and hear from Steven Bridgewater (Aeroplane / Jets Magazine) and many more familiar voices.  Thanks for tuning in!  Next episode will be a live broadcast on the all new Warbird Radio LIVE streaming channel. DOWNLOAD SHOW FOR FREE BY […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – CAF Moves To Dallas & Fly EAA’s B-17 – Episode 538

    Staff Writer
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – Hear the news about the CAF’s big move to Dallas from Commemorative Air Force CEO Steve Brown.  Plus, listen in as WR’s own Zane Adams recounts his flight on the EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”.  Matt also outlines the plans for the new live channel coming this summer and all the new shows. […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – TR Update / Beyond Powder / Giveway – Episode 537

    Staff Writer
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in for a full update on the B-17 Texas Raiders.  Find out how there 1/2 month tour to Sun-N-Fun and more went!  We’ll also speak with a WWII Blimp crewmember who flew along the east coast on coastal patrols.  This particular veteran went on to serve on Privateers and said “today” […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Arlington’s Next Fly-Over – Episode 536

    Staff Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – The patriots at Warrior Aviation are at it again!  Listen in as Pat Marsh and Mark Burgess outline their next honor flight over Arlington National Cemetery later this month.  Download this episode for all the details. FYI…Gary Velasco also chimes in on next week’s big giveaway.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  Warrior […]
  • Freeman Field Recovery Team On NatGeo – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep535

    Staff Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Our friends at the Freeman Field Recovery Team will be featured on NatGeo’s popular show Diggers this Tuesday (March 11th) at 10pm (EST) on the NatGeo Channel.  David Gray joins Matt Jolley with an update on the buried WWII German aircraft on Freeman Field.  Find out how the recovery is progressing and […]
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    anna.aero

  • New airline routes launched (12 August – 18 August 2014)

    anna.aero
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    A total of 14 air services were launched by 12 airlines during the course of last week, including Etihad Regional landing at Pristina from Zurich, Southwest Airlines expanding its international network with new flights to Nassau and Cancun as well as SpiceJet adding a second route to Nepal, with Bagdogra-Kathmandu service. The rest of this […]The post New airline routes launched (12 August – 18 August 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Samara Airport grows by 12% in 2013; Finnair touches down from Helsinki

    anna.aero
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    Gateway to one of the 11 host cities during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Samara Airport handled over two million passengers last year. With a total of 20 airlines operating from the gateway to Samarskaya Oblast, anna.aero investigates the airport’s recent activity and reveals how dominant Aeroflot is this summer. Established in 1957 as a […]The post Samara Airport grows by 12% in 2013; Finnair touches down from Helsinki appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Kansas City Airport shows-off certificate for Spirit Airlines’ five new routes

    anna.aero
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Cancun Airport welcomes Southwest Airlines’ first service to the Mexican gateway with the traditional water arch salute.  The post Kansas City Airport shows-off certificate for Spirit Airlines’ five new routes appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Finnair adds destination #6 in Russia

    anna.aero
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Finnair begins thrice-weekly flights from Helsinki to Kazan, using Flybe Finland’s E190s. Finnair’s Helsinki to Kazan Finnair, which in the previous week ventured to Russia for destination #5, continued to expand its presence in the Russian market commencing operations from Helsinki (HEL) to its sixth destination — Kazan (KZN), on 18 August. The 1,508-kilometre sector […]The post Finnair adds destination #6 in Russia appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Airnorth starts Darwin to Cairns route – via Gove

    anna.aero
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Airnorth makes Cairns its 13th destination from Darwin; will compete against Jetstar Airways and Qantas. Airnorth’s Darwin to Cairns via Gove Airnorth, the Australian regional airline, has started services to Cairns (CNS) from Darwin (DRW), becoming its 13th destination from the Northern Territory Airport. The flights operate via existing network point of Gove (GOV), with […]The post Airnorth starts Darwin to Cairns route – via Gove appeared first on anna.aero.
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    SimpliFlying

  • What’s Common Between Social Media Content Strategy and TV? Featuring: A Spanish Airline that Really Knows its Stuff

    Marco Serusi
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Social media platforms are starting to look a lot like TV channels. And, no, we are not talking about videos. TV channels make most of their money from advertising, yet most of their efforts are focused on content that costs them money. The reason for this apparent paradox is very simple: users are free to change channels and watch whatever they please. They are not there to watch advertisements. A small dose of advertising is the price they are willing to accept in exchange for content. Social media, as far as brands are concerned, work in the exact same way. Users are happy to follow or…
  • AIRPORTS – SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media Airports 2014

    Li Guen
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    SimpliFlying Awards 2014 for Airports SimpliFlying researches over 600 airlines and airports every 60 days and airport marketing is certainly picking up pace in recent years. The SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media Airports 2014 honour airports that push the frontier of innovative marketing in this age of connected traveller. Key Dates: Shortlisted airports will be announced on Aug 21, 2014 Shortlisted entries will be put up for public viewing and voting on Sep 5, 2014. Top 3 per category will be announced in early October and invited to present their entries at the ACI…
  • Announcing the Best Airlines in Social Media at SimpliFlying Awards 2014 – Top 3 Finalists

    SimpliFlying
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Thank you for supporting the SimpliFlying Awards 2014 with all your votes! After receiving almost 40,000 votes from the public (making up 30% of total score) and judging by our highly-esteemed jury (making up 70% of total score), we are pleased to announce the Top 3 Finalists for our airline categories in this year’s SimpliFlying Awards 2014.   First up for the special category of ‘Most Creative Campaign by Airline’, where we are announcing the overall Winner. Congratulations to Turkish Airlines for a phenomenal job they have done with their Kobe vs Messi…
  • Responsibility on Social Media: 4 Ways Audiences can Make Crisis Communications Easier for Brands

    Shubhodeep Pal
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This is Part Two in a two-part series on social media crisis management and responsible sharing. Read the first part: 3 Lessons for Content Managers. Social media is fraught with dangers of misinformation, panic mongering and, often, sheer malice. It is pertinent, therefore, more than ever before, to address responsibility on social media. Recently, we published an article in which we argued that, given the increasing importance of social media for crisis communications, it was imperative that content-marketers and social marketing experts exercise discretion in the immediate aftermath of a…
  • SimpliFlying In The News – July 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in Wall Street Journal, IBTimes, Tnooz and more

    Li Guen
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The world was shaken this month when MH17 flight was shot down when flying over a conflict zone in Ukraine. This was the second mega crisis that Malaysia Airlines had to deal with in less than four months. As the investigations go on to uncover facts of the incident, many in aviation industry are contemplating what will happen to the Malaysia Airlines brand, even though it fared much better in its communications and handling of this matter as compared to the MH370 incident. “In aviation, brand perception is uniquely important and often linked to safety,” said Shashank Nigam, CEO of…
 
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    The Blue Side Up

  • Sky Talk is Coming

    junkie
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Sky Talk Radio is coming to the Blue Side Up! By the end of August the Sky Talk Podcast will be featured on The Blue Side Up.  Sky Talk is a podcast show that features the life of airlines as told by professional airline pilots and flight attendants.  The show is designed to be entertaining […]Sky Talk is Coming is a post from: The Blue Side Up
  • You never know what you will find on your walk around.

    junkie
    6 Feb 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Can you spot it? You never know what you will find on your walk around. is a post from: The Blue Side UpYou never know what you will find on your walk around. is a post from: The Blue Side Up
  • Flight Crew Definition

    junkie
    24 Jan 2014 | 5:12 pm
    What is the definition of Flight Crew? Pilot who fly heavier than air aircraft A group of pilots who are never happy with their pay. Pilots who are always cold, tired and lonely. Pilots with dry skin and terrible eating habits. A flight attendants most painful customer. Experts in airport security despite what TSA agents […]Flight Crew Definition is a post from: The Blue Side Up
  • Airlines Change Rest Requirements for Flight Crews

    junkie
    10 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
            On the 4th of the new year the FAA finally changed the rest requirement rules for flight crews operating commercial aircraft.  I have to say this change is about 50 years over due.  The old rule stated that pilots were to get 8 hours of rest between flight duty periods.  If […]Airlines Change Rest Requirements for Flight Crews is a post from: The Blue Side Up
  • Aviation Bag Tags

    junkie
    5 Sep 2013 | 9:46 am
    Aviation Bag Tags is a post from: The Blue Side UpAviation Bag Tags is a post from: The Blue Side Up
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    Aviation Marketing Strategies

  • #TestimonialTuesday – A Profitable Marketing Habit

    Paula Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Testimonials are fantastic marketing materials because they are exactly what a prospective customer wants to know – “What do your CUSTOMERS say about you?” So, make it a regular part of your marketing routine to give testimonials, ask for testimonials, and use them in your marketing! #TestimonialTuesday It’s easy to forget some of the big but important tasks in sales and marketing. So focus on it one day a week – make it a point, every Tuesday, (it’s easy to remember because of the nice cheesy alliteration!) to do SOMETHING about testimonials for your…
  • Sales Phobia Panel Discussion

    Paula Williams
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    We’re looking forward to a great panel discussion next week that you’ll definitely want to be a part of if you’re involved in sales or marketing in the aviation industry! We’ll be asking the questions YOU want to ask, of the people who are “in the trenches” making sales in different parts of the industry. Our panelists: (In alphabetical order, because they all get star billing) Dan Bigelow, Sandler Sales Training of Utah Sandler Training (mcn.sandler.com) is a world leader in innovative sales and sales management training. For more than 40 years, Sandler…
  • Marketing Status Reports – Intelligent Diagnostics

    Paula Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    There is no shortage of data in the world. But organizing it such that makes sense requires time, care, and experience. Our status reports, like everything else we do, are based on the Long Cycle Marketing System that we developed for the aviation industry.  We use that structure to provide concise, visual data that helps us discuss priorities and make decisions. Of course, the longer we’re working together and the more data we share, the better and more useful these reports become. We start with Phase Three – Total Sales Why? Because many of our clients, or their bosses, like to…
  • Be careful what you promise, and who you promise it to!

    Paula Williams
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    We attended a promotion party for a dear friend this weekend. Our friend, a recently commissioned Colonel, drew our attention to the words of the oath taken by officers. They do NOT promise to obey or defend their superior officers, the Joint Chiefs, the Commander In Chief even the Army itself. They swear to defend the Constitution of the United States. I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,…
  • Marketing Strategies – Approaching Your Top Ten Most Desired Customers

    Paula Williams
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This one of the most powerful marketing strategies that we share with all of our clients early in the process of working together. One of our clients (who is a pilot) remarked that “customers don’t come with approach plates.” No, they don’t.   You have to make up your own. Unique Customers Require Unique Approaches. One thing we recommend to our clients is that they keep a “top ten” list of customers they want to do business with. (Remember that prospects are people, not companies, so you need to identify the specific person, or at least the job title, of…
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • wits and wagers — ATOMs #14-15

    Mark Jones Jr
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    How many glasses of milk does a cow produce in a year? That was the question I posed to the members of my family in the heated game of Wits and Wagers on Saturday night. Let’s be honest: You and I have no clue. Somebody out there can estimate that kind of information, but you and I cannot. So what should a leader do when faced with this kind of uncertainty? Here’s what I did: I asked myself a series of questions that I felt like I could reasonably answer. 1. Can a cow produce one glass of milk per day? Yes. 2. Can a cow produce three glasses of milk per day? Yes. 3. Can a cow…
  • ought to be commodities — observations #30

    Mark Jones Jr
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Frito’s chips and Maytag’s washers ought to be commodities.” This is an observation by the authors in the preface of the management classic, In Search of Excellence. It is extremely relevant today in this sense: Analytics, statistics, big data–these ought to be commodities. So why is it that these are only buzz words and not game-changing innovations? The author’s suggest an answer to their own implicit question. The problem in America is that our fascination with the tools of management obscures our apparent ignorance of the art. Our tools are biased…
  • count your blessings — archive for “confessions of a freelance test pilot”

    Mark Jones Jr
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve found myself re-reading many of the posts that I wrote years ago.  Maybe it’s a process of counting my blessings. In any case, I listed each of the posts in chronological order here, because no other archive system seems to be suitable, and I needed to count my blessings. #1 Introduction #2 A Rant about Debt #3 Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman? #4 What is High Calling? #5 Watching Someone Drown #6 Is it a Leap or a Trudge? #7 Eject! #8 What was that Phone Call? #9 Running in Circles #10 Command Perspective – the Strong Tower #11 Command Perspective (part 2)…
  • a case for disruption — observations #29

    Mark Jones Jr
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I don’t believe, unequivocally, in disruption. It seems to be a fad rather than a real theory. However, the Apollo missions give some thought provoking counterexamples.  Much of these missions are a case study in incrementalism.  There is a great deal of theory that suggests incremental progress is the ideal. The launch of an Apollo mission is a case for disruption.  This was a “go/no-go” moment, a singular event that could have altered the outcome. In some sense, I’m arguing for a quantum approach to progress, that it can only be made in finite steps and not…
  • Index of First Flights — July

    Mark Jones Jr
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 7/1/2002 First flight of the Pilatus PC-21, next gen PC-7 #flighttest http://ow.ly/yDRuM / Pilatus fan page http://ow.ly/yDRwC 7/2/2007 First flight of the Eclipse 400 #flighttest http://ow.ly/yHrfU 7/3/1982 First flight of the F-16XL, eventually became a @NASAArmstrong Laminar Flow research aircraft http://ow.ly/yK2lj #flighttest 7/4/1986 First flight of the @Dassault_onAir Rafale…
 
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    FLY DOMINiCAN REPUBLIC

  • Boeing 787 in Las Americas Airport Dominican Republic (Video)

    Franklin Polanco
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Footage of Boeing 787 to LAs Americas Airports, Video and Photos by Richard Polanco while landing at Las Americas in a Weekend Flying trip. About Las Americas Airport Las Américas International AirportSpanishAeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILAIATASDQICAOMDSD) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a private corporation based in the Dominican Republic under a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) six airports of…
  • Growing private aviation tourism to Dominican Republic – Airventure2014

    Franklin Polanco
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    OSHKOSH, Wisconsin 2014, Secretary of State, Executive Director of the Airport Department Fernandez Zucco,  highlighted the sustained growth of trade, tourism and aviation  businesses that prefer to Dominican Republic as a destination, according to  official reports disclosed in this North American city, in EAA AirVenture 2014 opening. “Dominican Republic has attracted increasing interest in  passionate non-commercial civil aviation as well as aviation  executive, the Dominican government has been conducting a strategic alliance  public-private partnership to promote our country…
  • Airbus A380 Caribbean Style

    Franklin Polanco
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    The Airbus A380 family of aircraft has become a legend of its own. Here are some real and some make believe wishes of Airlines using the A380. The Airbus A380 is a double-deckwide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and many airports have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially namedAirbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing‘s monopoly in the large-aircraft market.  AirCanada-A380-Airbus Fly Emirates Airbus Caribbean Jet-Airways-A380 Caribbean-Airlines-A380…
  • Sunseeker Duo First Passenger Flight

    Franklin Polanco
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    On May The Solar Powered Sun Seeker took flight for the first time with two people onboard. Eric and Irena Raymond where the Pilots of the Solar Plane. The Sunseeker’s accomplishment may not seem as impressive as, say, the Solar Impulse crew’s plan to circumnavigate the globe using nothing but wind currents and solar power – or, even its test flight from San Fran to Phoenix – but it’s a huge step forward in the Raymonds’ plans to bring solar-powered electric aircraft to the recreational airplane market. You’ll be able to see more solar plane goodness at Osh Kosh in July.
  • Fly In- Aventura en la Presa

    Franklin Polanco
    22 May 2014 | 8:52 am
    Fly In  Mayo 2014 – Aventura en la Presa
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    Greteman Group

  • Wichita Eagle; Out of the Office

    Greteman Group
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Rolland Vincent of Rolland Vincent Associates talks with Deanna Harms of Greteman Group at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon on Tuesday. Photo by Molly McMillin © Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Wichita Business Journal; 40 Under 40 Event

    Greteman Group
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Wichita Business Journal brought big changes to the 17th annual 40 Under 40 awards, held July 31 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Four previous honorees made up the inagural class of the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame: Sonia Greteman, George Laham, Mike Pompeo and John Tomblin. Honoree Karen Countryman-Roswurm was chosen to be...
  • Wichita Business Journal; People on the Move, Moving Up

    Greteman Group
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Sarah Goertz Digital Director, Greteman Group What was your last position? Digital marketing and social media manager at Beechcraft and Textron Aviation. What is your hometown? I moved to Derby from the Texas panhandle at age 12. Education? I earned a bachelors of science in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University and an associates of...
  • Wichita Business Journal; 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

    Greteman Group
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Sonia Greteman Greteman Group Who were your mentors and what did you learn from them? My life has been populated by people who have believed in and supported me. They helped me realize my odd combination of creative moxie and business acumen. Judy Greteman – My mother has enjoyed a 75-year love affair with books,...
  • Social Media: Fight or Flight

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Your heart races and breath quickens. Your pupils dilate and face flushes. You’re under attack. In that split second, you decide whether to stand your ground or flee the scene. Oh, and I ought to mention, you face this scenario gazing at Twitter on your phone. Someone’s dissing your company. Questioning your services. Impugning your...
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    Air Facts Journal

  • My adventure: a long day of flying in a 172

    Bob Tackett
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Dawn lit the eastern sky as the Skyhawk’s engine came to life. I was about to begin a journey that would be as epic for me as the flight across the Atlantic had been for Lindbergh. At age 61, I was flying from Galion, Ohio (GQQ) to Winter Haven, Florida (GIF). Although I’m instrument rated, I wasn’t current, so I was flying the entire trip VFR using flight following. 1742 Victor doesn’t have an autopilot so I was also hand-flying the entire 1,750 nautical miles. An ambitious trip for one pilot in one day. After departing Galion, I made contact with Mansfield Approach who put me in the…
  • The saddest flight I ever made

    Jim Barnes
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    The story begins about 6 am on a Monday in San Francisco in the late 1990s. We lived close to the Presidio, and each morning, I would run our dog from the St. Francis Yacht Club out to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. This morning I saw a number of flyers posted asking for help locating a lost windsurfer. The previous weekend had been exceptionally windy and if a windsurfer was lost, his prospects weren’t good. I called the number on the flyer, learned that the windsurfer, a young man aged 28, had gone missing Friday afternoon, and that Coast Guard helicopters searched Saturday and…
  • I Can’t Believe I Did That – Angel knows best

    Adrian Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the latest article in our series called “I Can’t Believe I Did That,” where pilots ‘fess up about mistakes they’ve made but lived to tell about. If you have a story to tell, email us at: editor@airfactsjournal.com My daughter announced that she was coming to Cyprus to visit me, and that she was really looking forward to my taking her flying. Well, I’d been somewhat busy, so I decided it was high time to do some practice flying to the training area and back. I booked the aircraft for one afternoon, and set off from home, just outside Limassol, to Larnaca.
  • Remote ATC towers – coming to an airport near you?

    John Zimmerman
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    “Cessna 345, you’re in sight. Cleared to land runway 25.” With those simple words, the friendly voice from the control tower declares that the runway is all yours. The implicit agreement between you and the controller is that you have an extra set of eyes at the airport, watching the traffic flow and ensuring your airplane doesn’t hit another one. Like a race car driver talking to his spotter, flying into towered airports is a team sport. But what if there’s not actually a tower at the airport? And what if that friendly voice isn’t watching the runway…
  • The descent: enjoying the ride down

    Mark Fay
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Recently I met with some investment bankers. I wanted to see how much my business was worth if I sold it now. I’ve come to terms that my software company will never be Facebook or even what’s left of AOL. Still I am proud of what it has contributed to our industry. The valuation, while less than expected, was enough to call it quits. We could live comfortably on the proceeds, and I could still fly as much as I wished. On the other hand, we are in a strong market position and there are many things I love about the job and there is more I would like to do. It was a tough call and I was…
 
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  • Essential iPad tip – screen capture

    John Zimmerman
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Google Maps won’t work in the air, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save this picture. Here’s an issue we see all the time. You’ve got the perfect weather map, ground map or nav log displayed on your iPad screen. The only problem is you’re sitting in the FBO using the free WiFi, and you’d really like to have that chart in the cockpit in half an hour. What can you do? As soon as you lose an internet connection, this data is gone, right? Maybe not. Fortunately, the iPad comes with a built in screen capture function that is perfect for situations like…
  • WingX Pro tip: customizing the moving map window layouts

    Bret Koebbe
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    WingX Pro can display up to 5 separate windows on the moving map screen. The moving map screen in the WingX Pro app can be set to a wide variety of different configurations. This ranges from a single full-screen moving map, to a 5 window presentation that can display a combination of your flight plan, terrain, airport info moving maps, charts, notes, synthetic vision, AI and more. Since there are a lot of buttons and controls on the WingX moving map screen, you’ll want to take some time to learn these functions on the ground first before using them in the air. Route/Flight Plan window…
  • Fltplan.com introduces iPhone app

    John Zimmerman
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    FltPlan Go for iPhone includes the company’s popular nav logs. Fltplan.com, the popular online flight planning website, has offered free apps for the iPad and Android tablets for a few years now. While the app–called FltPlan Go–lags behind the big players like Garmin or ForeFlight on advanced features, it is a valuable app for flight planning and airport information. It’s also free, making it a nice backup option if nothing else. One feature that was previously lacking was the ability to run the app on the iPhone. For many pilots who have gone fully electronic with…
  • Tips for using Garmin Pilot with the VIRB camera

    John Zimmerman
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Garmin VIRB is quickly becoming the preferred video camera among pilots, with its long battery life, color screen and built-in GPS. But one of the other nice features is its integration with Garmin’s popular Pilot app, which allows you to control every feature of the VIRB remotely (there’s also a stand-along VIRB app if you’re not a Garmin Pilot user). Here are four tips we’ve learned after flying with the combination: 1. Make your iPad the viewfinder. While the VIRB has a built-in screen, we’ve found that you usually can’t see it in flight.
  • Jeppesen offers lower-cost app subscriptions

    Bret Koebbe
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The latest version of Jeppesen Mobile FD for the US is now priced at $299/annually. Jeppesen delivered some interesting news this year at Oshkosh with the announcement that they are going to stop printing of paper charts. This is particularly noteworthy since the primary Jepp chart customers are the airlines and corporate flight departments, signaling that paperless cockpits are now the norm across all spectrums of aviation. While Jepp has marketed their apps to both the professional and general aviation community over the last several years, their apps have never really gained…
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  • Incheon Airport South Korea Evaluates European A-CDM

    Kris de Bolle
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Being an advocate of best practices to implement airport collaborative decision making implies agenda flexibility, and investing ample time to allow A-CDM candidates to grasp the concept of A-CDM as it is practiced in live operations. Be it after business […]
  • Australia Airports Build: Politics and Sydney Airport No. 2

    Dan Parsons
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A couple of the world’s airport hotspots have already been profiled on this blog but this post isn’t about a hotspot, it’s probably more of an odd-spot. While Australia is a big country, it is also a small country. It […]
  • Introduction to Airport Planning: The Master Plan

    David Ruiz-Celada
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    On January 1st, 1914. Abram Pheil became the 1st scheduled passenger in aviation history when he travelled between St. Petersburg and Tampa on a two-seater: Benoist XIV. More than 100 years have passed since, and aviation has bloomed as a whole […]
  • A-CDM Get Together at Heathrow Airport

    Kris de Bolle
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Left to right: Rodolphe Linais from Aéroports de Paris – A-CDM at Charles de Gaulle Airport / Ruud van Ooij from KLM – A-CDM* de-icing project at Schiphol Airport / Hans Kelder from KLM Ground Services – A-CDM* de-icing project at […]
  • Indonesia Airports Build: Overcrowding

    Guillaume Dupont
    28 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Indonesia’s 230 airports are as active as the ones serving its capital, and sadly busy in the same proportions. The 25 Indonesian airports managed by state-owned company PT Angkasa Pur (which includes the country’s busiest such as Surabaya, Jakarta, Makassar and Bali Denpasar) […]
 
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  • Air Way to China

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Planes and helicopters of the Russian air forces left the military airfield Knevichi for China yesterday. The crews will participate in the drill of member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization “Peaceful mission-2014″. The drill program will include: 1600 km fly along Chinese territory with refuelling, fire missions, landing operations, aerial reconnaissance. In the end Russian crews will take part in an air parade.
  • Gorgeous MiG Aircrafts Flying On a Hot Day

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    Just relax and enjoy amazing moments with MiG interceptors!
  • TU-144 - Civil Supersonic Aviation Which Has Been Luckily Restored!

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    As we know, civil supersonic aviation practically does not exist. Only a few planes have been preserved to our times. The Tu-144 is one from Ulyanovsk, Russia, and has been restored to a flying condition! Very rare photos from inside of it!
  • Australian Helicopter Crew Herds Shark Away From Calving Whale

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    The pilot of a tourist helicopter on a photo mission may has saved a Southern Right Whale calf from being eaten just after birth by shooing a nine to 12 foot shark away from the area with his aircraft. The Sunday Mail of Brisbane, Australia reports that pilot Brett Campany of Wild Blue Helicopters and Margaret River Tourism operator Sean Blocksidge noticed the calving whale close to shore during their photo shoot, and the shark patrolling the area nearby. "Brett just made a decision to drop the helicopter above the ocean and herd the shark out to deeper water," Blocksidge told the paper. He…
  • Unique Abandoned College of Jet Engines

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Even though the college has been abandoned for years, it is still full of jet engines and their parts, schemes and other things that were used to educate students on the matters of the jet science. Come and see what is inside!
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